Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Merry Cozy Christmas!



Wishing you all the merriest of holidays, however you choose to celebrate!

I celebrate Christmas, grateful for God's ultimate gift to all people:  His Son,  Jesus Christ.




This will be my last blog post for 2014 so that I can spend quiet cozy time at home in San Diego enjoying the holidays with my husband Steve.

See you back here in 2015!

Celebrating the art of simple, charming, elegant living --  at holiday time!

Kathryn :) 



Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Simple Holiday Sparkly


Last post I wrote about choosing holiday descriptor words to visualize what you really want your holidays to look like this year.

And so, in keeping with my chosen words simple and sparkly, here's all I am doing this year to decorate our home for the holidays  ...




A few sparkly silver balls in my wooden tray that's usually already on my tiny terrace.

And yes, that's green grass, (vs. snow), that you see because we live in San Diego, California -- land of no snow, little rain, and lots of sunshine.





In the center of the tray is a 34+ year-old lead crystal dish that was a wedding gift.  I put a white round sparkly thing (of course!)  in it that I found at the CVS drugstore for $1.99, and a clear candleholder with a flameless candle inside that.





We like our sparkly little white Christmas lights under our dining table so much now that we're going to keep them there after the holidays, for romantic dinnertime ambiance.  Like in a romantic bistro, you know?

I thought you did.  :)  

My hubs put the lights on our table for me, along with a wonderful surge protector with a switch so I can turn them on in just a moment with a flick of my ... foot!  I adore that man for coming up with these electrical ideas that my brain just never would think of!

The lights look great under a tablecloth too, but that's another blog post.  :)





My fave Goodwill find recently was this glass casserole dish in a sparkly silver footed stand.  For $9.99, plus my 55+ discount.  (Seriously, I can't believe Goodwill does that.)

I am head-over-heels in LOVE with this dish and I have BIG plans to use it over and over again in myriad ways in my SMALL home.   After all, to me, a container is a container is a container, no matter the original purpose it was made for.

And as long as it's pretty,  has a bit of Old World charm, and is a great price, I don't care in the least what store I buy any container from, because to me, pretty is pretty--no matter the pedigree, you know?

I thought you knew that.  :)





Some serious little nighttime sparkle on my table.





I kept my living room holiday decorations super simple and purposely neutral this year too for this holiday season.

I was just tired of red and green, you know?

The urn thing-y that usually sits on my dining table, and that I found on sale months ago in my local grocery store's floral section, no less, now sits on my living area coffee table.  I love it because I can put anything I want in the glass part which also holds water just fine, so fresh flowers can even go in there.




Small-sparkly.  :)






I put silvery sparkly balls on top of my earlier little candle holder vignette.

NOTE:  These are FLAMELESS CANDLES!  Don't try this with real flame candles, of course!

ON ANOTHER NOTE:  The most important thing that's missing from my at-home holiday decor yet?

My statue of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph that's over in our one tiny storage closet and we still need to drive over there and get it.

And we will.

Because to me, that's what Christ-mas is REALLY about.






When we were done with our simple sparkly holiday at-home decorating, my hubs and I went out to a fave ocean-view hotel restaurant for appetizers and drinks, quality time together, and a little more sparkly ....





We walked through their sparkly front doors ...





We sat on their terrace to see sunset-sparkly.

God sure knows what he's doing with moon-sparkly, huh?!





I feel so happy and content with our choice to celebrate the year-end holidays this year in a simple sparkly way at home.

How about you?  Are you happy with how you're celebrating your holidays this year? 


Celebrating the art of simple, charming, elegant living -- at holiday time!

Kathryn :) 




Friday, November 28, 2014

What Are Your Christmas/Holiday Descriptor Words This Year?



A few blog posts ago I wrote about choosing lifestyle descriptor words so I decided this year to choose Christmas/Holiday descriptor words too.

What would your words be?

This is what I want my Christmas/Holiday lifestyle to be this year in 2014  ...



Simple, Serene, Sparkly, Elegant, Silver  ...



Charming, Affordable, Restful, Quiet, Nourishing, Jesus, Faithful ...



Romantic, Cozy, Sunny, Warm, Beaches, White ...




Bright, Candlelight, Soft, Gentle, Celebratory, Giving, Non-Traditional.


Notice that my personal words for the Christmas holidays don't include the words "Black Friday," "mall mega shopping," or "max out credit cards" -- all of which would make me positively stressed to the max, which I don't want to be.

How about you?


Celebrating the art of simple, charming, elegant living!

Kathryn :) 


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving


Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving!

Kathryn :) 


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Brazil Gets Organized



11/25/14  My Small Space Organizing book is on the Amazon Brazil Top 100 bestsellers list in both the lifestyle and religion categories today.  (Amazon rankings change hourly.)  

Happy organizing, Brazil!

Buy my book from your favorite retailer.

Celebrating the art of simple, charming, elegant living!

Kathryn :) 


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